favela

[fuh-vel-uh; Portuguese fah-ve-lah]
noun
a shantytown in or near a city, especially in Brazil; slum area.

Origin:
1945–50; < Brazilian Portuguese: alleged to be a name given to a hill in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, where such towns were built circa 1900; literally, a shrub of the family Euphorbiaceae, derivative of Portuguese fava bean < Latin faba

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favela (fɑːˈveɪlə)
 
n
(in Brazil) a shanty or shantytown
 
[C20: from Portuguese]

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